Weekly Sketch – Alcazaba of Málaga View – 09/07/2016

A watercolour of Alcazaba of Málaga from me this week.



(© Catherine Cronin)


Weekly Sketch – Doorway, Alcazaba of Málaga – 16/05/2015

Quickly executed this sketch this week in black pen and pastel.

Doorway, Alcazaba of Málaga



(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga 3 – 23/04/2015

A very different image of the garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga as compared to the previous weeks’ watercolour renditions; this one is a very considered line drawing in fountain pen on textured watercolour paper, inspired by Edward Bawden’s graphic work. I didn’t do an under-drawing, so I knew any mistakes would have to stay. Overall I am pleased with the image, I like the different mark making to describe texture and shape; I especially like the hedged rose beds and the tree forms, however I think the wall at the back is a bit weak – it looks more like a fence! In hindsight I should have continued the brick forms seen in the wall on the right. Oh well, it’s always a learning curve this game we play called making.





(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga 2 – 17/04/2015

I really enjoyed sploshing watercolour paint about on this heavily textured paper to make this image of a garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga.



(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga – 11/04/2015

I wanted to make an enlarged drawing of a photograph I took of a garden at the Alcazaba of Málaga. I wanted a simple outline of the garden forms to use as a guide so that I could easily try different materials and styles to make the image. So for the first time ever! I enlarged the photograph using the grid system; I traced the photograph and then placed it over a grid of 2×2 cm squares; I then drew a grid of 4×4 cm squares and carefully replicated the lines from the traced photograph. I traced the enlarged drawing so I could make multiple guides by going over my tracing and transferring the pencil to paper. I made my first sketch in watercolour, to get a feel for shape and colour. I want to go a bit more abstract next with this image. I did draw the image the opposite way round intentionally so as to loosen up my painting.





(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Wall Gate at Alcazaba of Málaga Part 2 – 20/03/2015

Last week my weekly sketch was a view of a wall gate at the Alcazaba of Málaga in pen. Pen is my favourite medium to draw in; and one I am most comfortable with; but I like to challenge myself because I can find out new ways of portraying things. So I have redrawn the image last week again in pen but leaving a lot of white space; and then in coloured pencil and watercolour. As you can see they are not the most impressive of images! but within them there are colours, textures and forms I like, that could all be drawn together within print form. I have included the sketch from last week too so you can see the process of making.




(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Wall Gate at Alcazaba of Málaga – 15/03/2015

Last year I visited the wonderful Alcazaba of Málaga; ‘alcazaba’ meaning fortress or citadel. It is a marvellous place to visit, impressive architectural forms around every corner, and beautiful views framed by graceful arches. It is the best preserved citadel of its kind in Spain, built in the early 11th century. Here is a line drawing study of a gate in one of the walls.


(© Catherine Cronin)